Bengaluru Police busts two gambling rings; detains 24, seizes cash

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The Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bengaluru on Sunday busted two gambling rings in Vidyaranyapura and Halasuru Gate respectively, detained 24 gamblers and seized over ₹2.5 lakh cash from their possession, reported The Hindustan Times.

The gambling games were happening within the limits of Vidyaranyapura and Halasuru Gate police stations. This comes after the CCB’s drug busts last week when three people were held and items worth ₹83 lakh were seized.

Andhar-Bahar is a game of chance played with a standard deck of cards. The main objective of the game is to predict whether the Andar box wins or the Bahar box wins.

In a similar incident, sleuths of the CCB’s special enquiry squad arrested six people, including a retired government servant, by raiding the hotel located on Race Course Road, just a stone’s throw away from the seat of power, officials said. The raid also yielded Rs 20.7 lakh in cash, various playing cards and a cash-counting machine, officials added.

The Karnataka government in October last year banned all forms of gaming for stakes. The law was quashed unconstitutional by the Karnataka High Court in February this year.